My dog loves cutting her nails! What a good girl. Ok maybe not “love” like she loves brushing her teeth but she’s a good sport about it. No fuss and just lets me do what needs to be done. The trick to getting your dog to behave while cutting their nails for the first time is to make them feel comfortable and to let them know that this isn’t going to be scary, as the nail cutting tool/device might be foreign and scary to them. Familiarize the nail cutter/tool to your dog by letting them see, touch, and smell it. A tip I use for any dog that has long fur or fur by their paws is to cut the hair surrounding the nail so it doesn’t get caught when your cutting the nail. The time where I thought I didn’t need to do this I ended up seeing a piece of my dog’s fur get caught spinning around the nail tool. Poor baby, never again. It didn’t hurt her, but I felt bad seeing it so now I make sure I get all the fur around her nail out before I start.
Take your time and be careful not to cut too short to the quick or it might start to bleed. If it does, there are products you can buy at the store or if you have cornstarch you can use that too. Just cover the end of the nail that’s bleeding with cornstarch and it should stop. A treat at the end of each paw is definitely worth it for our precious fur family.
Look at those cute paws! I know its time for a nail cut when she starts slippery sliding across our hard wood floors. I look at the bottom of her paws and surely I see UGGs on her feet. Time for a trim fur baby.